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APA 2016 Convention Program Themes

Hello Division 49 Members!

It is hard to believe we are already preparing for the APA 2016 National Convention in Denver (August 4-7, 2016). As programming co-chairs for the convention, Martin and I wanted to alert you to upcoming opportunities to submit group psychology and group psychotherapy proposals.

Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities to submit proposals for programming at the convention.  The first type of submission requested is the collaborative programming proposal.  Collaborative programming proposals are proposals that foster cross-divisional collaborations from at least two relevant divisions.  For more information on the proposal submission process, please see proposals are due by Oct. 15th.

Collaborative Programming proposals are reviewed according to several agreed upon themes.  The collaborative program themes adopted by APA for the 2016 convention are listed below.  In addition to being cross-divisional collaborations, proposal should address at least one of these themes.

As the Division 49 Program Co-Chairs we are excited to assist members in developing collaborative proposals. Please let us know of your ideas and we will be glad to help you find co-collaborators with other interested divisions.  Feel free to contact Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2016 convention, Norah Chapman ( or Martin Kivlighan ( for more information.

APA 2016 Convention Program Themes

1) Social Justice in a Multicultural Society

Proposals for this theme may focus on domestic or international perspectives and the role of intersecting identities.  Some topics can include interventions to reduce educational disparities for low-income youth; meeting the needs of underserved, vulnerable, and victimized populations; sex trafficking; and the psychological factors involved in officer-related shootings.

2) The Circle of Science: Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy

Proposals for this theme may focus on the tradition and value of translational research in psychology and its implications for the public interest.  Proposals can focus on human factors, organizational behavior, and environmental design; and topics can include recent basic research translated into successful applications and interventions; and factors that facilitate uptake of research findings by practitioners and policymakers.

3) Advancing the Ethics of Psychology: Issues and Solutions

Proposals for this theme may focus on ethical issues and dilemmas facing the profession, psychologists, and organizations.  Some topics can include real-life scenarios and case examples; theoretical models for resolving ethical dilemmas; proposals for improving the APA Ethics Code; and perspectives on and proposed solutions in the wake of the “Hoffman Report.”

4) Cannabis: Concerns, Considerations, & Controversies

Proposals submitted for this theme should focus on the impact of marijuana legalization at the individual and societal level and the pros and cons of these new policies.  Some topics may include the role of cannabis in the treatment of mental disorders; the effect of marijuana use on neurodevelopment; animal studies on the effect of cannabis on behavior and offspring; empirical studies of the psychological, behavioral, and social consequences of legalization itself (as opposed to use per se); and ideas for preparing psychologists to address challenges arising from legalization.

5) Targeting the Leading Preventable Causes of Death

Proposal submitted for this theme may consider how individual, social, and cultural factors contribute to leading preventable causes of death (e.g., hypertension, smoking tobacco, and obesity).  Some topics include empirical work evaluating new approaches to altering health-related behaviors; the effect of stress on the body; critical evaluations of public programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles (e.g., Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign); and the role of social systems and environmental settings in the incidence of diseases.

6) Educational & Professional Training Issues in Psychology

Proposals submitted for this theme may consider the evolving educational and training needs of psychologists.  Possible topics include emerging techniques related to the teaching and learning of psychology; the emerging roles of psychologists in the schools; supervision models and supervisor competence; and the effect of and addressing the “internship crisis.”

7) The Future of Psychology: Advancing the Field in a Rapidly Changing World

Proposals submitted for this theme are encouraged to consider where the field is going in terms of science, practice, and its evolving role in social policy.  Some topics of interest include new methodologies in novel fields (e.g., biomedicine, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, and big data), innovative treatment modalities or services, and ways APA can positively affect change in public policy and society at-large.

Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2016 Convention

Norah Slone, PhD
Norah Chapman (Slone), Ph.D., HSP

Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist
School of Professional Psychology
Spalding University
Mansion East #308
845 S. Third Street
Phone: 502-873-4472
Fax: 502 585-7159

Martin Kivlighan
Martin Kivlighan